Fixed Income

BGF Global High Yield Bond Fund

Overview

Important Information: Capital at Risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested. Non-investment grade fixed income securities are more sensitive to changes in interest rates and present greater ‘Credit Risk’ than higher rated fixed income securities. Derivatives may be highly sensitive to changes in the value of the asset on which they are based and can increase the size of losses and gains, resulting in greater fluctuations in the value of the Fund. The impact to the Fund can be greater where derivatives are used in an extensive or complex way.The Fund seeks to exclude companies engaging in certain activities inconsistent with ESG criteria. Investors should therefore make a personal ethical assessment of the Fund’s ESG screening prior to investing in the Fund. Such ESG screening may adversely affect the value of the Fund’s investments compared to a fund without such screening

All currency hedged share classes of this fund use derivatives to hedge currency risk. The use of derivatives for a share class could pose a potential risk of contagion (also known as spill-over) to other share classes in the fund. The fund’s management company will ensure appropriate procedures are in place to minimise contagion risk to other share class. Using the drop down box directly below the name of the fund, you can view a list of all share classes in the fund – currency hedged share classes are indicated by the word “Hedged” in the name of the share class. In addition, a full list of all currency hedged share classes is available on request from the fund’s management company

To the extent the Fund undertakes securities lending to reduce costs, the Fund will receive 62.5% of the associated revenue generated and the remaining 37.5% will be received by BlackRock as the securities lending agent. As securities lending revenue sharing does not increase the costs of running the Fund, this has been excluded from the ongoing charges.

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Performance

Performance

Growth of Hypothetical 10,000

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Distributions

Ex-Date Total Distribution
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  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total Return (%) 1.59 -5.44 11.05 5.54 -6.07 10.82 4.35 1.33 -15.25 9.40
Target Benchmark 1 (%) 2.53 -2.03 16.21 7.99 -1.90 14.54 6.48 3.04 -11.38 12.97

Performance is shown after deduction of ongoing charges. Any entry and exit charges are excluded from the calculation.

  1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
7.36 -2.08 0.57 1.18 4.09
Target Benchmark 1 (%) 10.03 0.88 3.31 4.28 -
  YTD 1m 3M 6M 1Y 3Y 5Y 10y Incept.
0.94 -0.64 0.69 8.25 7.36 -6.10 2.89 12.42 131.80
Target Benchmark 1 (%) 1.32 -0.71 0.88 9.16 10.03 2.68 17.67 52.03 -
  From
31-Mar-2019
To
31-Mar-2020
From
31-Mar-2020
To
31-Mar-2021
From
31-Mar-2021
To
31-Mar-2022
From
31-Mar-2022
To
31-Mar-2023
From
31-Mar-2023
To
31-Mar-2024
Total Return (%)

as of Mar 31, 2024

-8.38 19.97 -4.01 -8.71 8.98
Target Benchmark 1 (%)

as of Mar 31, 2024

-7.35 24.05 -3.34 -3.13 11.60
The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

The figures shown relate to past performance. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Markets could develop very differently in the future. It can help you to assess how the fund has been managed in the past

Share Class and Benchmark performance displayed in EUR, hedged share class benchmark performance is displayed in USD.

Performance is shown on a Net Asset Value (NAV) basis, with gross income reinvested where applicable. The return of your investment may increase or decrease as a result of currency fluctuations if your investment is made in a currency other than that used in the past performance calculation. Source: Blackrock

Key Facts

Key Facts

Net Assets of Fund
as of May 27, 2024
USD 1,775,125,817
Fund Inception Date
Dec 22, 1998
Base Currency
USD
Target Benchmark 1
ICE BofA Global High Yield Constrained (HW0C) 100% USD Hedged Index
Initial Charge
5.00%
ISIN
LU0118259661
Performance Fee
0.00%
Minimum Subsequent Investment
EUR 1000
Domicile
Luxembourg
Management Company
BlackRock (Luxembourg) S.A.
Dealing Settlement
Trade Date + 3 days
Bloomberg Ticker
MERHYID
Share Class Inception Date
May 16, 2003
Share Class Currency
EUR
Asset Class
Fixed Income
SFDR Classification
Article 8
Ongoing Charge
1.45%
Annual Management Fee
1.25%
Minimum Initial Investment
EUR 5000
Use of Income
Distributing
Regulatory Structure
UCITS
Morningstar Category
Global High Yield Bond - EUR Hedged
Dealing Frequency
Daily, forward pricing basis
SEDOL
4562119

Portfolio Characteristics

Portfolio Characteristics

Number of Holdings
as of Apr 30, 2024
1411
Standard Deviation (3y)
as of Apr 30, 2024
8.01%
Yield to Maturity
as of Apr 30, 2024
7.92%
Yield to Worst
as of Apr 30, 2024
7.82%
Weighted Avg Maturity
as of Apr 30, 2024
4.37 yrs
12m Trailing Yield
as of Apr 30, 2024
5.39%
3y Beta
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.993
Modified Duration
as of Apr 30, 2024
3.57 yrs
Effective Duration
as of Apr 30, 2024
3.09 yrs
WAL to Worst
as of Apr 30, 2024
4.37 yrs

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics

Sustainability Characteristics provide investors with specific non-traditional metrics. Alongside other metrics and information, these enable investors to evaluate funds on certain environmental, social and governance characteristics. Sustainability Characteristics do not provide an indication of current or future performance nor do they represent the potential risk and reward profile of a fund. They are provided for transparency and for information purposes only. Sustainability Characteristics should not be considered solely or in isolation, but instead are one type of information that investors may wish to consider when assessing a fund.

The metrics are not indicative of how or whether ESG factors will be integrated into a fund. Unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, the metrics do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.

Review the MSCI methodologies behind Sustainability Characteristics using the links below.

MSCI ESG Fund Rating (AAA-CCC)
as of May 19, 2024
BBB
MSCI ESG Quality Score (0-10)
as of May 19, 2024
5.64
Fund Lipper Global Classification
as of May 19, 2024
Bond Global High Yield USD
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity (Tons CO2E/$M SALES)
as of May 19, 2024
234.14
MSCI ESG % Coverage
as of May 19, 2024
69.23
MSCI ESG Quality Score - Peer Percentile
as of May 19, 2024
54.23
Funds in Peer Group
as of May 19, 2024
142
MSCI Weighted Average Carbon Intensity % Coverage
as of May 19, 2024
71.36
All data is from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings as of May 19, 2024, based on holdings as of Dec 31, 2023. As such, the fund’s sustainable characteristics may differ from MSCI ESG Fund Ratings from time to time.

To be included in MSCI ESG Fund Ratings, 65% (or 50% for bond funds and money market funds) of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities with ESG coverage by MSCI ESG Research (certain cash positions and other asset types deemed not relevant for ESG analysis by MSCI are removed prior to calculating a fund’s gross weight; the absolute values of short positions are included but treated as uncovered), the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities.

Business Involvement

Business Involvement

Business Involvement metrics can help investors gain a more comprehensive view of specific activities in which a fund may be exposed through its investments.


Business Involvement metrics are not indicative of a fund’s investment objective, and, unless otherwise stated in fund documentation and included within a fund’s investment objective, do not change a fund’s investment objective or constrain the fund’s investable universe, and there is no indication that an ESG or Impact focused investment strategy or exclusionary screens will be adopted by a fund. For more information regarding a fund's investment strategy, please see the fund's prospectus.


Review the MSCI methodology behind the Business Involvement metrics, using links below.

MSCI - Controversial Weapons
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - Nuclear Weapons
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - Civilian Firearms
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.01%
MSCI - Tobacco
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - UN Global Compact Violators
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - Thermal Coal
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%
MSCI - Oil Sands
as of Apr 30, 2024
0.00%

Business Involvement Coverage
as of Apr 30, 2024
38.94%
Percentage of Fund not covered
as of Apr 30, 2024
61.55%
BlackRock business involvement exposures as shown above for Thermal Coal and Oil Sands are calculated and reported for companies that generate more than 5% of revenue from thermal coal or oil sands as defined by MSCI ESG Research. For the exposure to companies that generate any revenue from thermal coal or oil sands (at a 0% revenue threshold), as defined by MSCI ESG Research, it is as follows: Thermal Coal 0.44% and for Oil Sands 0.11%.

Business Involvement metrics are calculated by BlackRock using data from MSCI ESG Research which provides a profile of each company’s specific business involvement. BlackRock leverages this data to provide a summed up view across holdings and translates it to a fund's market value exposure to the listed Business Involvement areas above.


Business Involvement metrics are designed only to identify companies where MSCI has conducted research and identified as having involvement in the covered activity. As a result, it is possible there is additional involvement in these covered activities where MSCI does not have coverage. This information should not be used to produce comprehensive lists of companies without involvement. Business Involvement metrics are only displayed if at least 1% of the fund’s gross weight includes securities covered by MSCI ESG Research.

ESG Integration

ESG Integration

ESG integration is the practice of incorporating financially material environmental, social and governance (ESG) data or information into the investment decision process with the objective of enhancing risk-adjusted returns of our clients’ portfolios. Unless otherwise stated in Fund documentation or included within the Fund's investment objective, inclusion of this statement does not imply that the Fund has an ESG-aligned investment objective or strategy, but rather describes how ESG data or information is considered as part of the overall investment process.

The Fund manager includes ESG considerations in the investment research, portfolio construction, and investment monitoring phases of the investment process. The Fund manager maintains internal ESG scorecards for certain issuers under consideration for investment and certain existing issuers of publicly traded securities. These scorecards analyze and track internal and external research views across a range of environmental, social, and governance factors sourced from primary and third-party ESG information and research. Portfolio management teams may consider the sector and issuer ESG views and scores during portfolio construction. The Fund manager also considers ESG criteria during post-investment monitoring and conducts regular portfolio risk reviews between the investment team and BlackRock’s Risk and Quantitative Analysis group. These reviews include discussion of the portfolio's exposure to material ESG risks, where appropriate.

Ratings

Risk Indicator

Risk Indicator

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Low Risk High Risk
Low Yield High Yield

Holdings

Holdings

as of Apr 30, 2024
Name Weight (%)
ISHARES $ HIGH YIELD CRP BND ETF $ 0.95
HUB INTERNATIONAL LTD 144A 7.375 01/31/2032 0.71
CLOUD SOFTWARE GROUP INC 144A 6.5 03/31/2029 0.71
MAUSER PACKAGING SOLUTIONS HOLDING 144A 7.875 04/15/2027 0.67
CARNIVAL HOLDINGS (BERMUDA) LTD 144A 10.375 05/01/2028 0.60
Name Weight (%)
HUB INTERNATIONAL LTD 144A 7.25 06/15/2030 0.59
ZAYO GROUP HOLDINGS INC 144A 4 03/01/2027 0.53
UKG INC 144A 6.875 02/01/2031 0.51
CLARIOS GLOBAL LP 144A 8.5 05/15/2027 0.50
EMRLD BORROWER LP 144A 6.625 12/15/2030 0.46
Holdings subject to change

Exposure Breakdowns

Exposure Breakdowns

as of Apr 30, 2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Apr 30, 2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Apr 30, 2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Apr 30, 2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
as of Apr 30, 2024

% of Market Value

Type Fund Benchmark Net
Negative weightings may result from specific circumstances (including timing differences between trade and settle dates of securities purchased by the funds) and/or the use of certain financial instruments, including derivatives, which may be used to gain or reduce market exposure and/or risk management. Allocations are subject to change.

Pricing & Exchange

Pricing & Exchange

Investor Class Currency NAV NAV Amount Change NAV % Change NAV As Of 52wk High 52wk Low ISIN
A1 Hgd EUR 4.35 0.00 0.00 May 27, 2024 4.38 4.09 LU0118259661
A1 USD 7.33 0.01 0.14 May 27, 2024 7.36 6.82 LU0171284770
X2 CAD 18.04 -0.05 -0.28 May 27, 2024 18.12 15.64 LU2550100346
A2 Hgd EUR 17.41 0.02 0.12 May 27, 2024 17.45 15.85 LU0093504206
A6 Hgd SGD 8.00 0.01 0.13 May 27, 2024 8.07 7.57 LU1830001522
C2 USD 23.92 0.02 0.08 May 27, 2024 23.98 21.71 LU0331284447
X2 Hgd EUR 22.45 0.02 0.09 May 27, 2024 22.50 20.27 LU0147394752
D2 USD 32.40 0.03 0.09 May 27, 2024 32.47 29.00 LU0297941899
X2 USD 13.23 0.01 0.08 May 27, 2024 13.26 11.76 LU0580566189
D3 Hgd EUR 4.34 0.00 0.00 May 27, 2024 4.37 4.08 LU0827882472
A8 Hgd CNH 87.58 0.08 0.09 May 27, 2024 87.88 81.95 LU1919856135
Class E5 Hedged EUR 8.61 0.01 0.12 May 27, 2024 8.68 8.05 LU0500207039
A5 EUR 10.54 0.00 0.00 May 27, 2024 10.62 9.75 LU1125545993
I3 USD 9.62 0.01 0.10 May 27, 2024 9.66 8.95 LU0764819032
A6 USD 5.91 0.01 0.17 May 27, 2024 5.94 5.53 LU0764618640
A6 Hgd JPY 986.00 1.00 0.10 May 27, 2024 1,007.00 979.00 LU2725777903
A2 Hgd SEK 13.87 0.02 0.14 May 27, 2024 13.90 12.64 LU0797429023
A8 Hgd ZAR 78.22 0.09 0.12 May 27, 2024 78.54 72.91 LU1023055319
A2 USD 29.43 0.03 0.10 May 27, 2024 29.49 26.51 LU0171284937
D2 Hgd GBP 21.63 0.03 0.14 May 27, 2024 21.67 19.45 LU0372548783
E2 USD 25.97 0.02 0.08 May 27, 2024 26.04 23.47 LU0171285157
A3 Hgd EUR 4.32 0.01 0.23 May 27, 2024 4.34 4.06 LU0172401704
X4 Hgd EUR 7.75 0.01 0.13 May 27, 2024 7.77 7.00 LU0984200880
A2 Hgd GBP 19.85 0.02 0.10 May 27, 2024 19.89 17.93 LU0567554463
C1 USD 7.51 0.01 0.13 May 27, 2024 7.54 6.99 LU0331284363
I2 Hgd CAD 14.26 0.02 0.14 May 27, 2024 14.29 12.83 LU1153585705
Class AI5 Hedged EUR 8.62 0.01 0.12 May 27, 2024 8.70 8.06 LU1960223334
I2 USD 32.87 0.03 0.09 May 27, 2024 32.94 29.38 LU0369584726
I2 Hgd CHF 9.34 0.01 0.11 May 27, 2024 9.36 8.57 LU2369862847
I2 Hgd EUR 11.13 0.01 0.09 May 27, 2024 11.16 10.08 LU1791806000
Class AI2 Hedged EUR 10.47 0.01 0.10 May 27, 2024 10.49 9.53 LU1960223250
A3 USD 7.39 0.01 0.14 May 27, 2024 7.42 6.88 LU0172401969
A6 Hgd HKD 43.27 0.04 0.09 May 27, 2024 43.63 40.75 LU0784402520
Class A10 USD 10.04 0.01 0.10 May 27, 2024 10.13 9.93 LU2725777812
A8 Hgd AUD 5.68 0.00 0.00 May 27, 2024 5.71 5.31 LU0871640040
A2 Hgd PLN 16.52 0.02 0.12 May 27, 2024 16.55 14.82 LU0849758007
D3 USD 7.43 0.00 0.00 May 27, 2024 7.46 6.91 LU0827882126
D5 Hgd GBP 7.94 0.01 0.13 May 27, 2024 7.99 7.36 LU1072327023
E2 EUR 23.93 0.00 0.00 May 27, 2024 24.14 21.37 LU0628613712
D2 Hgd EUR 19.10 0.02 0.10 May 27, 2024 19.15 17.32 LU0368267034
C1 Hgd EUR 5.44 0.01 0.18 Sep 10, 2021 5.45 5.13 LU0147394323
E2 Hgd EUR 15.37 0.01 0.07 May 27, 2024 15.41 14.03 LU0093505864
C2 Hgd EUR 13.00 0.01 0.08 May 27, 2024 13.04 11.92 LU0147394596

Portfolio Managers

Portfolio Managers

David Delbos
Co-Head of US High Yield, Global Credit

David Delbos

Jose Aguilar
Managing Director

Jose Aguilar, Managing Director, is the head of European High Yield Strategies within BlackRock's Global Credit Platform.

Mitchell S. Garfin
Co-Head of Leveraged Finance, BlackRock

Mitchell S. Garfin, CFA, Managing Director, is the Co-Head of Leveraged Finance within BlackRock's Global Credit team. He is responsible for managing US High Yield and Global strategies.

James Turner
Managing Director

James Turner ACA, is Head of European Leveraged Finance, overseeing investment strategies across European High Yield, Long/Short Credit, CLOs, Leveraged Loans and the European Fundamental Credit Research team.

Literature

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